WPSubscribers Review: Automated List Building For Viral List Growth

Building an email list is on every blogger’s to-do list. No matter what could be the number of visitors and loyal readers on a blog, if there is no list, there are quite some important stuff to lose on the blogger’s side.

First, a list is essential to connect and interact with people, in a more personal voice, outside the blog. Blog posts are for the audience of the blog and it is written in a general voice (even though it is niche specific).

On the other hand, a newsletter or one of the regular emails to your list is more personal and it gives you an option to talk to your readers even when they are not at your blog.

Second, as they say, the money is in the list. I am sure that every blogger who puts in the time and effort to provide quality content for their readers, deserve some perk. One of which is money. Making money from your blog becomes so easy when you have a list. I am not going to elaborate on how to make money with your list; that is not the scope of this post.

Third, a well-sized email list is also a good social proof.

And, fourth, it shows how popular and established you are. It shows how many people are willing to listen to you and follow your updates so closely. That shows the health of your blog and your own online branding.

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There is nothing to be surprised about how every successful blogger is seriously serious about building lists. And, on a side note:

If you are a newbie and are thinking that you can build lists once you become established, you are wrong. You have to start building lists on the same day you started blogging. Period.

So now I assume that you are serious about building your email list. But then how are you supposed to do it? I am not going to tell you a way where you go about manually pushing every reader to subscribe to your blog, nah; you have much much better and important things to do as a blogger.

To me, list building is effective only if it is done with much much less effort, or better zero effort.

And that is not a dream. I use a plugin for that. No not the one you assume – not Popup Domination. No you are wrong again – not Maxblogpress Subscribers Magnet.

Guess what? It is a new plugin, which has gone viral obviously for the features it offers for a really competitive price – the plugin is named WPSubscribers Plugin. This is a premium WordPress plugin, which boosts your list growth on a triple espresso without you sweating on it.

With this plugin, you don’t have to spend a dime or more time on your list building efforts. Download the plugin, install and activate it (just like any other WordPress plugin) and do the initial work. Create optin forms as you wish and put them on your site in the way you want – simple.

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What can WPSubscribers do for you?

Automatically fill in subscriber’s name and email

This is one of the most useful features I see with WPSubscribers plugin. With this feature there is no need for the reader to spend time filling out the details. They just need to click on the “Submit” or “Subscribe” – you make it easy for them, they are just going to join your list just like that, really!

Exit popup

The much expected feature of any list building plugin or software is this. WPSubscribers plugin does that just right. This is not your traditional option form. You can add images, videos etc. to your exit option form – use your imagination!

And, you can also create multiple exit popups.

Comment optin

Adds a small check box below the comment form to make it super easy for your commenters to subscribe to your list with one click – Painless. Now you can also add your blog commenters to your email list very easily.

Add custom option forms anywhere

Literally, anywhere. You can create a custom optin form and put it anywhere in your blog – inside the post, inside a page, bottom of your posts, as a widget on sidebar, header, footer, and anywhere you can think of.

Facebook Integration

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This one is a crazy option and I would pay for this plugin for just this option. You could put a Facebook connect button on your site (on a tempting offer or something) and when the visitor clicks the FB connect button to connect with you, they are automatically added to your list. You do not have to use this option to “hijack” your FB connect visitors, you can explicitly tell your readers that they will be automatically subscribed, if you are not comfortable with this.

Indeed, visitors will prefer to optin using this method; it takes them just one click and it is so easy for them to connect with FaceBook!

Hide content for optin

You can hide a portion of your content and you can put up an optin form so that only subscribed people can view your content. This is a great way to grow your list by using your content.

Of course your content should be of great quality for this feature to work best. And of course, use it sparingly. Don’t hide parts from ALL of the posts you publish. Do it for some in-depth guides, pillar content or on posts where you provide free stuff for download.

Analytics

You can view how many times a form has been viewed and how many times the submission has been made via a particular form. The analytics is quite simple and serves the purpose, rather than giving you very complicated data.

The support

When I installed the plugin and was doing the optin forms, I had some silly issues (the problem was actually with my browser). I emailed the support that the optin popup was not working, I got a reply in about 30 mins. And then the issue was resolved in seconds.

After that, Jenni was so kind enough to answer all my beginner questions; she was patient and highly supportive.

I can assure you that Jenni will provide you with the best support.

What does WPSubscribers plugin lack?

There is one small but potential feature I wanted out of this plugin – Having the comment optin above the comment form instead of below it for better visibility. Jenni has promised me that she will include the feature soon!

I can assure you that it is really worth the money and even far better than Popup Domination or Subscribers Magnet (yes, you heard me!).

Let me know your thoughts about this plugin in the comments.

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  • Cristian @ Blogging Tips

    I just watched a couple of video reviews of it on YouTube the other days. I was blown away by the number of options you have to set up for each optin form. Definitely worth trying.

  • Gabriella – The Stepford Wife

    An e-mail list is such a good way to market one’s self, too. For example, if you decided to send a newsletter to a list consisting of eight people (we are starting small) and someone of the eight forwarded the e-mail to five people, you have a total of thirteen people having read it and five people introduced to you. Winning. How great is that? :)

    • Jane Sheeba

      Gabriella,

      You are exactly right. Email marketing is the easiest way to go viral :)

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Jane.

  • Usman@FirstHosting

    If you’re a blogger then I guess list is really necessary for you, because it can help us connect more easily, because we need proper and long time relations with other to keep people visiting us back again and again.

    List is a kind of task, which let us work more easily.

    • Jane Sheeba

      Usman,

      Exactly! We need lists to connect with our readers, in a more personal way even outside of the blog :)

      Jane.

  • http://growwithstacy.com/ Stacy@Personal Growth

    Hi Jane,
    Does this work with any autoresponder, even the free ones? It sounds like a great program!

    Stacy

    • Jane Sheeba

      Yes Stacy I am using Mailchimp (the free version) and it works for me :) It is indeed great :)

  • http://www.coupontriumph.com Valerie

    Hey Jane,
    This is great I will definitely be looking into this plugin for my WordPress blog. I really like the Facebook opt in because you are right people are very likely to opt in when they do not have to fill anything out.

    • Jane Sheeba

      Yup the FB optin option is really promising :)

  • http://tosinmlmexpert.com Tosin | Home-based Business Coach

    Hey Jane,

    I think the WP Subscriber plugin is remarkable judging by the features you have highlighted here.

    I would have gone for it if I presently dont have one that I use at the moment and quite content with.

    But if there is any need to change, I would definitely go for it.

    Thanks!
    ~Tosin

    • Jane Sheeba

      Tosin, if you ever want to change, this is the one :)

  • http://www.iblogzone.com DiTesco

    Nice review Jane. I don’t use popup domination or Sub Magnet as I did not believe that it would actually make a difference. Nearly and towards the end of your review, there is something very interesting that caught my attention and that is the “FaceBook” integration. This is really very cool and I will most certainly keep this plugin in mind once I finish building another site I am working on. It is very relevant so “email” marketing so this one will fit in nicely. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Jane Sheeba

      Congo on your new site Ditesco. Let me know when you are done with it :)

    • http://julibecker.com Juli Becker

      DiTesco,

      I especially like the thought of Facebook integration too and have always wondered how it was done. There have been times when I’ve ‘liked’ someone’s Facebook page and all of a sudden I’m on their list. I think this is similar to that, but I wonder if it too would add people to my list if they just ‘liked’ me through Facebook. Definitely going to take a closer look at this.

      Juli

  • http://catarinasworld.com Catarina Alexon

    Since I’m using my blog to do business, I don’t use email lists.

    Honestly am really tired of people sending me such emails and newsletters. The minute you accept someone’s invitation on Linkedin you get a newsletter.

    Honeslty believe that anyone using an email list or sending out newsletters should only do so to people who have opted for such information. If not, it can easily be taken for junk mail.

    • Jane Sheeba

      Catarina,

      You are right about sending emails only to people who have opted for it. Otherwise it is seriously junk mail. But I wonder how much you miss in your business by not using an email list!

      Cheers,
      Jane.

      • http://catarinasworld.com Catarina Alexon

        Sorry I forgot the word not in the first sentence. Don’t use my blog to do business. Hence don’t send out emails.

        • Jane Sheeba

          Oh well, then it’s sort of OK. But don’t you consider building lists ever in the future?

  • http://www.stevescottsite.com/how-to-manage-your-home-based-online-business Steve@Internet Lifestyle

    Jane,

    Listbuilding is a topic near and dear to my heart. I equate every bit of success I have had with starting listbuilding 4 + years ago.

    Actually years before I even had a blog!

    You said, “If you are a newbie and are thinking that you can build lists once you become established, you are wrong. You have to start building lists on the
    same day you started blogging. Period.”

    That is very true.

    List building does not need to be constrained to even having a blog, though that makes real interaction far easier.

    For those starting out, the WP plugin looks like a great tool to get that list building started.

    As time progresses and a blog progresses, the way I see it you want your list building to progress. But in those early days it is just important to get the ball rolling.

    • Jane Sheeba

      Hey Steve,

      It is very interesting to note that you have started building links even before you got a blog. That’s amazing and so vigilant of you :)

      Jane.

  • Dennis Edell@ Direct Sales Marketing

    Just don’t get greedy and leave the comment optin pre-checked (if that’s an option), you will surely tick off many readers.

    • Jane Sheeba

      True true, that is evil; You know what? There are 3 options in the settings –

      1. Unchecked
      2. Checked, and
      3. Checked and disabled.

      See how evil 3rd option is?

      Jane.

      • Dennis Edell@ Direct Sales Marketing

        I don’t understand that one, why would it be checked and disabled?

        • Jane Sheeba

          Checked and disabled so that a commenter can’t uncheck it :) If you leave a comment you gotta subscribe! Too evil :)

          • Dennis Edell@ Direct Sales Marketing

            I get it, yea that’s not right. i just checked mine again and see no options, it’s just unchecked.

            I guess the creator didn’t wanna deal with any complaints. lol

  • Musthafa @Money Blogger

    your email newsletter dragged me here… its really attracting sheeba

    • Jane Sheeba

      Glad that you are one among those sincere openers of email newsletters :)

      Jane.

  • Jeanine Byers Hoag @ Dressing My Truth

    Hi Jane! It sounds great!! Definitely worth trying. I agree that building a list is the most important thing a serious business builder can do.

    • Jane Sheeba

      Well said Jeanine. Any business needs asset and a list is a great asset.

  • http://bobandrosemary.com/featured-posts/boosted-alexa-ranking-108-30-days Dr. Bob Clarke

    Hi Jane,

    Interesting review of this new plugin. I do not have it yet, but I would be interested in hearing how you feel it differs from MBP Subscriber Magnet.

    With the exception of the Facebook feature you describe, the two sound very similar. What are your experiences?

    Thanks for putting this plugin on the map. I will take a close look and see if I need to be adding this to my plugin list!

    • Jane Sheeba

      Hi Bob,

      Since I have not used MBP Sub Mag, I cannot give you an inside scoop. But the FB integration, as you mention, is a great difference. Apart from that it seems quite similar. But Jenni seems to be listening a lot and adding more and more features often. So there are quite good addition even since I installed it :)

      Jane.

  • http://bivori.com Suresh Khanal@Bivori

    I thought of buying Aweber today and when I tried to sign up, I discovered it required Credit Card. I can’t pay with my PayPal account. Its surprising but it stopped me from having that service.

    I read a lot of high about list building and recently reading Steve Scott’s eBook where he startles with a story of how he made $3,911 in one day. So sweet!

    Readers really hate Popup Domination sort of thing, though John Paul affirmed that the subscription growth rate is tripled with Domination. But I hate it to see every time even after I’m already subscribed.

    You have not explained much about how it looks and how it works, I hope it is not like Domination and works without irritating readers.

    • Jane Sheeba

      Suresh,

      That is with me too. I too hate pop ups, when they are annoying. I think with every popup plugin you have the option to tune it to a bit where you can keep it minimally annoying to your visitors. So it is not with the popups but with the settings.

      I am now using pop up at this blog to see where it takes me. I have set the pop up to appear 15 seconds after the page has loaded (not to bombard the reader even before they know what this blog is about) and I have set it to show 5 times in 7 days. The less intrusive they are the more will be their conversion rates.

      Cheers,
      Jane.

    • http://www.wpkube.com Dev

      Hi Suresh,

      I had the same issue regarding aweber of not accepting CC. I would advice you to go with Imnicamail (they accept pp) or interspire software (that’s what I’m using).

      • http://bivori.com Suresh Khanal@Bivori

        I joined with MailChimp. Let me have some taste of it and will switch to those when I need to focus on email sort of things. Thank you Devesh and thank you Jane.

        • Jane Sheeba

          Mailchimp is great Suresh. I am so happy with it :)

  • http://www.shorttraveltips.com Vi@Travel Tips

    “Building an email list is on every blogger’s to-do list. ” – it isn’t on mine :) My target is 99% traffic from search engines :)

    • Jane Sheeba

      There is no correlation between getting traffic from search engines and not to have a list! I don’t get your point :)

  • Dev @ Technshare

    Hi Jane,

    List building is something that every blogger should do from beginning. It is very powerful way to make money and build trust with your readers.

    Nice review about this awesome plugin. It looks like all-in-on plugin for the
    subscription plugin with lots of cool options.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Jane Sheeba

      You are very welcome Dev. Glad you liked the article :)

  • Rowena Bolo

    Hey Jane,

    Thanks for this well-written review. I have to honestly re-look at my list building efforts, as the strategy may differ with network marketing business (some people may disagree, but I can see my current ‘offering’ working for me)…

    I can’t wait to hear about the great results you’ll get from using this plugin, so please keep us posted ;-) Thanks again, Jane!

    – Rowena

    • Jane Sheeba

      Rowena sure I’ll keep you posted. We should always be ready to experiment stuff and see what pays off and what doesn’t :)

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  • http://www.onlinerealestateblog.com Josh Garcia

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks for the review of this product. There is always something that comes out. This one sounds like a winner!

    Have a great day…
    Josh

    • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com/ Jane Sheeba

      Josh thanks for stopping by! Ya there are a lot of stuff that comes to our assistance :)

  • http://www.changethylife.com Steve Cattell

    I have been thinking of starting a mailing list right from the starting but have been unable to decide till now. Hopefully I’ll start it now that I have read this review.

    • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com/ Jane Sheeba

      Sure Steve, start building your list and see the difference in your online marketing returns.

  • Joshua Zamora @Chris Mentor Me Reviews

    Hey Jane! First time visitor coming from Basic Blog Tips! The 2nd article I read and alreay LOVe your style!

    I have not heard of WpSubscirbers plugin! I will check it out since I know a friend who might need some of these features. Unfortunately and fortunately I own both Popup dom and Sub Magnet 8)

    Great to meet you

    Joshua the ZamuraiBlogger

    • Joshua Zamora @Chris Mentor Me Reviews

      also one last thing you can insert href coding into your author bios when you guest post so people can click through to your blog from the author bio instead of thr comment links. 8) Let me know if you need help

      • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com/ Jane Sheeba

        Josh thanks for your kindness :) I sometimes don’t insert links in fixed author bios; this way I can vary my links for my posts :)

        Did you have a chance to try our WPSubscribers?

  • Harleena Singh

    Hi Jane,

    Wow! This is the exact guideline I was looking for. Being a freelance writer, I too had thought that once I establish myself, I would get down to a mailing list etc, but your insightful article cleared all the doubts.

    Thanks so much for also sharing the way to go about doing it. :)

    • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com/ Jane Sheeba

      The pleasure is mine Harleena. Hope you have started building your list :)

  • http://www.stevescottsite.com Steve

    List building is something that people STILL do not take enough effort on. For my first internet business I made a career out of Email Marketing -without even having a blog-.

    I can only think how well I could have done if i had tools like this to help me all those years ago.

    • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com/ Jane Sheeba

      Steve sure, I too think the same. I didn’t have this many options when I started with internet marketing :)

  • http://www.imrelations.com James

    I have niches that ALL I do is build a list. I dont even build a big site or a blog. just a squeeze page, and a few articles with links to the squeeze page.
    list building was the best thing I ever did for my business. I use pop up domination on one of my sites, never used the other ones yuou mentioned. thanks for sharing this resourse. I will definitely check it out.

    • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com/ Jane Sheeba

      Sure James, thanks. I know that many people make a living just by building a list. It is so amazing!

  • http://jymtarrant.com Jym | Blog Speed

    Heard of but never looked into this one Jane.

    May give it a look soon…. I’m over the holes in Sub Magnet, and their response time for problems has been awful.

    Thanks for the tip

    • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com/ Jane Sheeba

      You should surely check this out Jym! The support rock, seriously.

  • Google SEO

    I think the WP Subscriber plugin is remarkable judging by the features you have highlighted here. I would have gone for it if I presently don’t have one that I use at the moment and quite content with.

  • http://www.dmcihomes.com/ Dave Ventura

    Definitely true, communication is really important may it that occur inside a site or outside. The idea of creating an email list, most especially the icon tab where they can subscribe to get updates and new information whenever you write a new post would truly build a good relationship and that should be nurtured.! Great post full of brilliant ideas! Glad to find this site, I would do subscribe to regularly check updates.

  • Eric Burnett

    Great Post, Wp Subscribers is a great plugin. I really love this plugin and I use it on all my blogs..

  • Smarty

    Sorry Jane, I just read more posts the same time. This comment was to different post (How To Get Your Blog A Sexy Alexa Rank), delete it please.

    • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com/ Jane Sheeba

      Sure Smarty, I got it :)

  • Mark

    I think getting auto email list is a wrong thing to do. People out there that collect there customers emails the right way are doing the right thing so sick of junk emails coming from people and business that i don’t know.

  • arul

    i had just started using word press little bit difficult as it does not get more views or visitors since it is hosted on wordpress.com

  • http://www.tipsinablog.com Danny

    It has got many great features, Jane, and I agree on the importance of email list building/marketing.
    Though, I am not too sure if it integrates with all mail systems…
    I tried it out recently(trial period) and went to integrate my current newsletter(mail) sign up code into the WPSubscribers form creation set up, though it did not work out too well, and I had to temporarily, deactivate the plugin…(parts of my site vanished)…….and no popup forms appearing anyway….

    My guess is that, the plugin is more suited to mail systems like mailchimp or Aweber, Icontact, etc….and not so much the other (lesser known ) newsletter/mail programs…..
    So, yeah it looks great, and has many options. Though, for now I cannot risk having sections of my site going MIA……

    Contacted people on both sides(newsletter email/WPSubscribers) and hopefully there is some kind of work around…and things get sorted out……